Hugh Jackman has been playing The Wolverine for over a decade, It’s the role he is most known for and a lot of people can’t see Wolverine as anyone else. While he’s been in good X-Men movies (Days of Future Past) and not so good X-Men movies (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), ultimately he’s practically the center of the X-Men films. Logan brings Jackman’s career as Weapon X to an end. And the journey Wolverine takes is gripping, memorable, and bittersweet.
The world of Logan is harsh, brutal, and unforgiving. Logan is tired. He’s living in a scrapyard with an aging Professor X whose mind is decaying and a mutant named Caliban. Logan’s scrapping by as a limo driver while using the money he receives from his job to buy medication for the Professor. He’s even debating whether he should kill himself and end it all rather than continue to live such a miserable life. Except for Logan, Professor X, and Caliban, all mutants are gone from the world. The film is set in 2029, and at that point in time, no mutant had been born in 25 years. Until a girl shows up and takes Logan on a journey across the country.
X-23, the girl, is played by Dafnee Keen, who does an amazing job in this movie. She can look like a regular, innocent kid to a terrifying badass just like that. Logan feels like he needs to protect her, but to put it simply, X-23 can do some serious damage. The film as a whole has a Western vibe to it. The film even acknowledges that by showing clips from an old Western movie, Shane. It gives the journey of these characters even more depth and emotion, as they learn more about each other and grow as the trip goes on. The acting in this film is also one of the best, if not the best performances by Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Patrick Stewart as Professor X. They played their roles with intense emotion, and it made them even more believable and relatable when bad things would happen to them.
The story was almost excellent, even if the second act had pacing issues that to me, slowed the film down. The antagonists I’m divided on. I really enjoyed Donald Pearce (the blonde leader of the mercenaries), as he had a really cool vibe to him and felt like a classic villain you would find in a Western, but the other villain, Zander Rice, felt weak and underdeveloped. I didn’t feel that he had as much of a personality as Pearce did. Also, Caliban, while well-acted by Stephen Merchant, didn’t really do a whole lot and was a bit of a letdown.
The ending to Logan was satisfying and it really felt like the end of an era for comic book movies. It was bittersweet in that we’ll never see Hugh Jackman as Wolverine again, but satisfying in that Wolverine’s journey was complete and that multiple new stories can be pursued in the X-Men universe.
Ultimately Logan’s acting, writing, and cinematography earned this film a place alongside my favorite comic book movie, The Dark Knight, and it may even rival Days of Future Past as my favorite X-Men movie. 9/10
- Writing, Acting
- Pacing Issues
- Weak Villain